FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PROMOTION

Multi buy offer

Very excited to announce we now have a promotion running on our large 12 x 16 inch art prints… buy 3 get 25 % off, buy 2 get 20% off. See our Rose Filteted Etsy shop for further details. 🌹

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Succulent love 💚

Really pleased to have some new prints to upload to the shop. This set of 3 monochrome succulent prints is the first of our new range and will also be available in a set of spring colour pop prints, watch this space! #succulents #monochrome #blackandwhite

Wandering

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Very pleased to have a new print listed in our shop… ‘Not all those who wander are lost’ celebrating the beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains… Original photography by Rose Filtered 🌹

Camera Intervention?

by Steve Warren

So, it turns out here at Rose Filtered HQ we’ve developed a slight addiction to collecting retro vintage cameras. This was by no means an intentional choice, it just kind of happened. It all started with the idea of making little vintage style postcards for our Etsy shop of old retro cameras. Ebay showed a fantamy first camerastic range of vintage cameras, going for a huge range of prices, just a few careless clicks and we’d have to sell an awful lot of postcards to make this project worthwhile!

After a LOT of research we bagged two very cute looking Kodak Instamatic cameras for £1.20 – total bargain! (OK, so postage was £8.95 so not that much of a bargain but still pretty cheap). Lots of fun was had photographing these great little cameras but I quickly realised that if these were going to be postcards we could really do with a few different ones to make a set. So back onto ebay and look for more cameras… the bank account quivering in fear….! I bagged my current favourite, a Kodak Instamatic 100 model for just £4.

 

Then a venture up into the loft leads to a surprise find – my old camera from my younger years. We do own a retro camera after all! As I removed the worn leather case what did I find – only a Kodak Instamatic 50, woo hoo!!! What are the chances!  A worthy addition to the set.

love photographySo, if you’ve been keeping mental notes you’ll have realised that’s 4 retro cameras, which means a set of 4 postcards – perfect. That’s pretty much what I imagined when I set out on this project. So no need for any more cameras then. Well you’d think not. Have I been endlessly looking on ebay at more Instamatic cameras? Yes. Do I have an Instamatic 204 and 300 on the way to me as I write? Afraid so. Do I have a bid currently on two more Instamatic cameras? I think you probably know the answer. Does Leanne know about these latest purchases? She will when she reads this. How much trouble will I be in? Probably lots. Do I need an intervention? Maybe…

Our retro camera postcards will be available from our Etsy shop later in June.

Additional notes by Leanne Warren: Yes an intervention is required! I’m also slightly gutted that Steve didn’t get the retro Polaroid camera with the rainbow stripes that I’ve been hinting about all week… it soo cute and I might start stamping my feet and spitting my dummy out if we can’t include that in the postcard set. I think we might both need an intervention but only once I’ve bagged a Polaroid – that or a new house to store them all plus a win on the lottery.

 

 

When you can’t see the wood for the trees

by Steve Warren

When life becomes all consuming and you can’t see the wood for the trees you know you need a break. A break is exactly what we had, and in one of our favourite places in the world, the Lake District.

We booked a flat in the centre of Keswick for the weekend and set off straight after work, which after an exhausting week at work was a surprisingly difficult thing to do but we dug deep, threw some random stuff in the car (hopefully some of which would prove useful) and hit the road. We arrived in Keswick around 6pm and collapsed in the flat. All we wanted to do was chill out and drink some well earned beer/wine but there was a niggling feeling we just couldn’t shake. We’re photographers with an Etsy shop selling photographs. We (obviously) had all our photography equipment with us and it was shaping up to be a beautiful sunset… Dammit! Why couldn’t it be dull and rainy like it always is in the lakes so we could just hole up and drink beer!! We dug deep and set off along the east side of Derwentwater towards Ashness Jetty, a location I’d planned for a good sunset. When we got there conditions weren’t perfect but we set up and took a few shots. I decided to go with a long exposure to smooth out the water and capture some movement in the clouds to produce a minimalist, yet dynamic feel. Heading back to the flat as the light faded we could already feel the tension lift and relaxation slowly take over. 

You can’t not relax with a view like this…

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The next morning I planned to walk down to the north shore of Derwentwater for some shots of Derwent Isle with Catbells in the background. The alarm went off at 4.30am (yes, 4.30am! Sunrise is much more civilised in the winter!), I threw on some clothes and headed off armed with my camera bag and tripod (leaving Leanne snoozing, she’s not a morning person). When I got to the shore the conditions were good, but not quite perfect. The water was still and producing some lovely reflections but the sky was completely clear. Not a disaster but it would have been nice to have some texture to the sky. Nevertheless I had a fantastic morning composing and snapping away. I love heading out for sunrise shoots. The world feels still, calm and quiet at this time. There is a sense of absolute peace and tranquillity; it’s like a secret world that I have all to myself and I get completely lost in it. If you’ve never done it I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It has stronger healing powers than any drug that’s for sure! While Leanne played with the dogs I spent a good three hours or so filling up my SD card. You never know if you’ve got that killer shot until you get back to the computer but I headed back to the flat happy with my mornings work (if only this was my ‘work’ – maybe one day…)

We spent the rest of the day walking. We chose one our favourite walks that we have done many times but not for a long while. We set off with our two wonderful dogs through Keswick, through Portinscale to the bottom of Catbells. According to the sign the summit is only one mile away – one mile of very, very steep climbing however! It’s hard work but it’s soooo rewarding. I love how quickly you ascend and the views back across to Keswick with Skiddaw in the background are just stunning. The weather was beautiful and we had a fantastic climb to the summit. We stopped for a spot of lunch, looking out across the stunning scenery feeling more and more relaxed by the minute. We headed down from the summit to the south shore of Derwentwater and along the east shore to complete the loop back to Keswick.  We arrived back at the flat feeling wonderfully exhausted – it’s a great feeling. We managed to suppress our inner conflict between beer and photography that night. We spent a well earned evening in the pub!

The Lake District National Park, it’s the place to be when you can’t see the wood for the trees: 

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I toyed with the idea of another early start but instead opted for a lie in. This was after all supposed to be a weekend of recharging the batteries. Having said that I couldn’t resist heading out with my camera around 8am. Well after sunrise but still early enough for some nice morning light. I headed out towards Ashness Bridge but as I got down to the lakeside I was presented with a perfectly still, mirror like lake!! Two days in a row! I spent the morning back around Ashness Jetty making the most of the conditions before the water inevitably started rippling up, which it did around 10 am. We spent the rest of the day chilling out around Derwentwater, soaking up the sun  and listening to the gentle lapping of the water as the warm, soft breeze washed over us. Was it as idyllic as I’m making it sound? Absolutely!

Sneak peek: This beautiful Lakeside Panorama will be available to buy from our Etsy shop from our Lakeside collection in June… it is huge so we are looking at the possibility of having it printed onto an extra large canvas… watch this space for updates!

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When life becomes all consuming and you can’t see the wood for the trees you know you need a break – and what an incredible break this was. I was so exited to go leading up to the weekend that I was worried it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations, but instead it surpassed them in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. The lakes is a truly magical place and I think we had both forgotten just how much we love it – just as well as we’ve booked to go back in a couple of weeks time. Bring on the healing!

You can buy any of our Lake District print collection in our Etsy store from June. In the meantime this Ullswater print is available now to purchase from our store. We’ll be blogging after our next trip, so fingers crossed for the same results (but with maybe a little more time for the pub).

 

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The recipe for deconstructing a dandelion clock

Ingredients

  • Canon EOS 450D
  • Sigma DC 18-50 f2.8 EX lens
  • Tripod
  • An intact dandelion clock
  • Blu-tack
  • Tweezers
  • Black bed sheet
  • Too much time on my hands
  • Persistence
  • A healthy amount of anal retentiveness

Method

Step 1 – find a healthy looking dandelion clock

This proved to be an easy task. I went down to my local park and they were there in abundance. I selected the best looking one then realised what step two would entail….

Step 2 – get in-tact dandelion clock back home

Given these things have evolved to be masters of wind borne seed dispersal this was not as easy as I first thought. Let’s just say my journey home attracted a few strange looks from passers-by.

Step 3 – set up studio

My original plan was to photograph the dandelion in colour against a black background. I hung the black bed sheet on the wall behind the dining room table which was positioned next to a south facing window for optimum natural light conditions. I set up my tripod and placed a reflector (home made from scrunched up tin-foil stuck to a piece of card. Hey – it works brilliantly) opposite the window to reflect some natural light and fill the shadows.

Step 4 – get photographing!

The first photo was of the whole dandelion clock. This proved to be the easiest shot as it was a case of simply holding the dandelion in front of the lens. I don’t own a dedicated macro lens (though I would love one) but my trusty Sigma lens has a very close minimum focussing distance which came in very handy here. I shot at the maximum focal length of 50mm and went for an aperture of f11 to give good overall sharpness but soften the edges of the seeds.

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Step 5 – deconstruct

Once I was happy with the ‘full clock’ photo I started the deconstructed images. I began by carefully removing an individual seed using a secretly commandeered pair of Leanne’s eyebrow tweezers (shhh.. don’t tell her) and positioning it in front of the lens, rooted in a blob of blu-tack. I moved the camera in as close as my lens would allow at 50mm and shot at f16 for good depth of field. All that was left was  a bit of Photoshop work to re-create the bottom of the seed that had been lost in the blu-tack.

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Step 6 – the ring of irritation (yes, I realise how that sounds…)

I had subconsciously left the most challenging shot until last. I wanted a perfect circle of individual dandelion seeds to mirror the shape of the original dandelion clock but show a simple, uncluttered composition highlighting the essence of the dandelion. All very well in theory – not so easy in practice! Employing the same blu-tack tweezer method as for the single seed I intricately placed 7 seeds in a perfect semi-circle…… did I say perfect semi-circle? Well, after reviewing the first batch of shots they were all far from perfect. This is where I had to draw on my many hours of playing Operation as a child. If I could remove all those organs without a single buzz then I could damn well make a perfect semi-circle of dandelion seeds! After a LOT of intricate tweezer work I eventually got a shot I was happy with (the persistence and healthy amount of anal retentiveness well and truly used up by this point).

Next up was a lot of intricate Photoshop work to clone out the blu-tack and re-create the missing seed ends.

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Step 7 – Computer time

To create the full circle of seeds I took the semi-circle image and flipped it 180 degrees to create the bottom half of the circle then cloned out the overlapping seeds. So now I had my final set of dandelion images against a black background but I wasn’t happy with the final look. I played around with the levels but still wasn’t happy with them. I decided to try inverting the images in Photoshop. This converted the black background to white and turned the dandelions blue – a little strange, so I desaturated the images to make them black and white and adjusted the levels to improve the contrast.

Conclusion

I finished off with some careful cropping and finally ended up with a set of images I was pleased with. I hope you enjoy them too! Our deconstructed dandelion print is available to buy here in our Etsy shop.

 

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